Our History

The foundation's history starts in the past and reaches towards the future.

From even before the first hospital was built in Clermont, the generosity and philanthropy of our community has truly been the driving force for shaping healthcare in south Lake County.

In 1938, the only place to care for the sick in Clermont was one room above City Hall. In that year a group of young women from the area joined together to form the Clermont Welfare League. Their dream was to do something for the benefit of the community and they saw a great need for a hospital or clinic to handle emergencies for the residents of south Lake County.

In 1941, their dream became a reality when the Clermont Welfare Clinic was built.  The clinic later evolved into South Lake Memorial Hospital in 1947.

Fast forward to today and South Lake Hospital and its health, wellness and education campus sits on 180 acres that has grown in size and in the range of services offered.

We arrived to where we are today because of the collective force of individuals who still desire to make a difference in the lives of others and for future generations.

Many individuals, businesses and foundations choose to support the important work of South Lake Hospital and our mission of improving our community’s health and wellness by contributing to the South Lake Hospital Foundation.

We invite you to join us and your gift, no matter the size, will help patients today and build a healthier community for the future.

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